Sunday, January 20, 2019

Starting Wednesday at 11:00 AM Rag Chew Two

We are trying something new.
Well, sorta new. Bill Paul volunteered to head up a rag chew on our club's repeater, Wednesdays starting at 11:00 AM. The time and day may change at his discretion. This is a great opportunity for all hams, but especially those new to amateur radio. Bill will focus on good radio technique.

Some of you may remember the club's original 2 at 2 rag chew that was headed up by Charley Gribble several years ago. Charley is alive and well and hopefully will join in on the fun as Bill takes up the reigns on Wednesdays.

So what is a rag chew anyway?
Here is one definition. A rag chew is a long informal conversation between two or more amateur radio operators. This is generally what amateur radio operators do on the radio when they're not contesting, testing equipment, bouncing signals off the moon or meteor showers, providing communications in national emergencies, sending still or moving pictures or text back and forth, connecting to packet radio networks, and partaking in nets.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Show And Tell

"Show and tells" were discussed at length at the last board meeting. Everyone agreed that they are worthwhile, especially for new hams. They have a place at our monthly meetings. The question is not if, but when. In fairness to the main speaker, it was decided that show and tells take place during the coffee hour prior to the formal meting. The club will set up a table in the back of the meeting room each month for anyone who has something to show or demonstrate. So, if you have something to show and tell about, set it up on the provided table, grab a coffee and cookie, get behind the table, and be prepared to answer all the questions about that spiral antenna or flux capacitor you brought to the meeting.

Sharon Ann Kohler Wilkinson Passes

Obituary for Sharon Ann Kohler Wilkinson,  
     Wife of W4GFW,  GLEN WILKINSON, member of ZAARC
May 25 1948 to January 16 2019

This is one of the hardest things that I have ever done, to write the life of my Wife.
Sharon was diagnosed with leukemia on December 2nd 2016. through the whole
treatment process she kept a positive and happy attitude. As time went by she would
talk about the things that we could do, and the places we could go. Always looking
toward a cancer free life and life as was before.. this last year has been hard on her
health and she had to spend many days in the Moffitt Cancer center to bring her
back in line with normal life. Treatments seemed to slow down and more time in
hospital was needed to again bring her back to feeling good.

Sharon and I talked about life and what would happen when there would be a time
that our time together would end. Sharon wanted to be part of a medical study for
advancement in Leukemia research. She hoped that her contribution to this
research would lead to a cure for CML leukemia.

After 50 years of life together I have had to say good bye to my partner, my love,
my wife. When you read this please hug your partners and be thankful for the time
you have together. Sharon found a message that she loved and she wanted all of you


Thursday Night Net 1/17/2019

This is the log for Thursday night net 1/17/19 
   Submitted by Robert Young

K1DU Fred
KN4POJ Robert
WA4YL Dawn
WW4EOC FCC list Sean thought he said Shawn
KN4PVO Jesse
KK4LYQ Bill (would like to start a rag chew every Wednesday at 2:30pm local time)
KM4PYG Warren (I believe he is still looking for a Dip Meter)
N6MRS Mike
KB0QMN George
KG4YNI Ernie
AB4KA Jimmy
KK4OGM FCC list Ronald thought he said Ron

Robert Young

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 2019 General Meeting

We Have A New Tech and Some Upgrades!

Left to right Aimee KM4STT, Top WB6ZEQ new Extra, Danial new Tech, Debbie KM4CUG new General, and Glenn W4JGC

Left to right John K0ZD, new General Harley KN4OTS, and Glenn W4JGC

Chet Carruth and the Radiogram Story

Chet AB4XK, delivering a stirring presentation on the National Traffic System.

Chet did his usual through job on a not so easy subject to address. His notes are available on the club website at Chet's Notes On The National Traffic System
For a little background on Chet Click Here
For a chart of CW Nets CWNets

The following is a brief overview of this topic quoted from Wikipedia:
The National Traffic System (NTS) is an organized network of amateur radio operators sponsored by the American Radio Relay League for the purpose of relaying messages throughout the U.S. and Canada.[1]
During normal times, these messages are routine greetings ("Happy birthday Aunt Mary") and keep the system well oiled and the operators trained so that everything works when needed. When there is an emergency or disaster NTS works closely with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service to provide emergency communications. The most common type of disaster-related messages are "health and welfare" inquiries and notifications into and out of the area affected by the disaster.
In time of disaster, it is easy to expand the system by simply creating additional meeting times for the nets with high volume, or by setting up a specific "trunk line" between two points.(Source Wikipedia)

Attendance January Meeting 

AA4HT Robert Van Winkle Amateur Extra YES NO
AB4KA James Russ Amateur Extra YES NO
AB4XK Chet Carruth Amateur Extra YES NO
K0ZD John Stanford Amateur Extra YES NO
K1DU Frederick Delaney Amateur Extra YES NO
K2EUH Robert Foxworth Amateur Extra YES NO POL-405A
K2OU Gary Perkins Amateur Extra NO NO
KB0QMN George Rezac General NO NO
KB4BDQ Judith Bukoski General LIFE NO
KB4FHP Joseph Lunsford Technician NO NO
KC2RMZ Brian Volz Technician NO NO
KF4Q William Busbin Amateur Extra YES YES
KG2G Bert Onachila Amateur Extra YES NO
KG4YNI Ernest Haynes Amateur Extra YES NO POL-296A
KI4CDY Patrick O'Neil Amateur Extra YES YES POL-219A
KI4DNO Larry Walker General YES YES POL-218A
KI4EFL Donald Jeerings General NO NO
KI4WRX David Zdanowicz Amateur Extra YES YES POL-415A
KI4ZMV William Johnson Amateur Extra YES NO POL-840
KJ4AFB Patricia Morris General YES YES
KJ4UW George Mann Amateur Extra YES NO POL-410
KK4ITX John Leahy Amateur Extra YES NO PAS-607
KK4OGM Ronald Herring Amateur Extra NO NO
KK4TSG Ronald Herring General NO NO
KK4VCN Eleanor Marshall Technician NO NO OSC-074
KM4CUG Debra Leahy Technician YES NO
KM4STS Liam Holzer General NO NO
KM4STT Aimee Holzer Amateur Extra NO NO
KM4STU Leon Holzer General NO NO
KN4BOE Thomas Conner General YES NO
KN4FBD John McCullough General YES NO
KN4FRA Susan Pugh Technician NO NO
KN4PIH Richard Lennon Technician NO NO
KQ4KX Richard Sharp Amateur Extra LIFE NO POL-127A
KT2T Michael Oliver Amateur Extra LIFE YES POL-322A
N4ESS Richard Kennedy Amateur Extra LIFE NO PAS-570
N4FRK Victor Saxe General NO NO
N4HCZ Robert Griggs Amateur Extra NO NO
N4LVG Robert Young Amateur Extra NO NO
N4PEG Margaret Kennedy Amateur Extra YES NO HIL-1000
N6MRS Michael Shreve General YES NO
N7CUC Samuel Shaver Amateur Extra NO NO
W4XDS James Stewart Amateur Extra YES YES
WB6ZEQ Herman Smith General NO NO


AF1RE Robin Retzloff

KD8HIH James Carrier

KK4PFA Michael King

KN4RCO Mark Carreno

N4BUB Richard Hagerman

NC8L Artuhr Sherette

W1DMG David Grant

W9JXZ Dan Borneman

Glenn Smith

John Beatty

Susan Craig

Wyatt Jones

John Holt